​Malaria & Safety – Nxai Pan NP

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Botswana & Namibia guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Botswana & Namibia Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the Botswana & Namibia Lonely Planet guide.


It’s very rare for a visitor to Botswana to experience crime – especially in the parks and reserves, such as Nxai Pan National Park. It’s a safe African destination to visit, in our opinion. Visitors on guided safaris are always looked after very well, but if you have some experience, a self-drive safari in Nxai Pan is a safe option too.

For current information about traveling in Nxai Pan and Botswana in general, please check the travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Botswana’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

Vaccinations might be necessary for a visit to Botswana, so please seek advice from your travel clinic or local doctor. Nxai Pan lies in a high-risk malaria zone, and the risk is highest in the rainy season. Taking antimalarial medication is recommended. Other safety measures that can be taken include applying insect repellent (that contains at least 30% DEET) and covering up in the evening.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is generally very safe as long as you adhere to a few basic rules. Always pay attention during your safety briefing when checking into your lodge. When on an organized safari, you should also listen carefully to the instructions of the guide. When on a self-drive safari, it is essential to stay in your car inside the park except in areas designated as safe to leave your vehicle.

For more information, please read the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ below.

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